By Jennifer Smith, CHN, BHC, FBCC
Learning a few healthy habits for weight loss can be an effective way to jump-start weight loss. The best way to lose weight and get healthy is to make small changes in your everyday life. It’s these positive changes that make the biggest difference in the way you look, the way you feel, and the way you live your life. Here are a few healthy changes you can make right now to help improve your weight and life.
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Breakfast isn’t called the most important meal of the day for no reason. This is why it is our number one on our list of healthy habits for weight loss! It’s the meal that gets you going strong. If you skip breakfast, you’re more inclined to overeat the rest of the day to make up for the missing calories and the hunger you’re feeling. Even if you aren’t hungry, grab a piece of fruit or eat a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal to start your day. The old adage 'eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper', rings true.
Eat a balance of protein and carbs for breakfast and you'll notice improved energy through-out your morning that lasts clear into the afternoon. Dr. Barry Sears, author of The Zone, recommends balancing protein can carbs with a small amount of fat at each meal. He also suggests that you eat breakfast within one hour after you wake up, even if you are not hungry yet. This helps by improving blood sugar, energy and clearer thinking through-out the day.
You know this, and you know how important it is to drink water throughout the day. This is why this is number two on our list of healthy habits for weight loss. Do you do it? Do you find yourself reaching for yet another cup of coffee or something that’s not good for you? Skip those things and add water to your day. It helps you stay fuller longer, and it prevents you from becoming dehydrated. The glowing skin that comes from drinking plenty of water is just an added benefit.
Sometimes we actually mistake the feelings of thirst for hunger. Did you ever eat a big meal and a short while later you felt a hunger pang? Next time this happens, drink a cup of water instead and chances are it's just what you needed.
You need to walk more during the day. Skip the elevator and take the stairs. Stop taking your car a few blocks to get lunch in favor of a nice walk to your intended destination. The more movement you get throughout the day the better you feel. Movement is what you need to promote good health.
Did you know your stress level is directly related to how you feel overall? It’s related to how you respond to situations in your life, how you feel about your life, and what you eat. If you’re stressed, you’re more likely to make food choices based on emotions rather than health. When your body is under too much stress, you also feel more exhausted, you don’t sleep well, and you might even find you don’t have the stamina or desire to work out.
One more very important healthy habits for weight loss tips, is to throw out your scale if you’re trying to lose weight. There is no magic number. You could weigh less than someone else and still not be as fit or thin as that person. It’s about how your clothes fit and how you feel. Get rid of the scale and work on your body based on how it feels, looks, and fits into your clothes.
Your health and well-being should be your number one priority in life. Life is no fun, it’s not enjoyable, and it’s not going to provide you any benefits if you’re not living as God designed you to live. Eat well, move your body, and focus on how good you feel instead of what your scale tells you.
Jennifer Smith is a certified Holistic Nutritionist, Biblical Health Coach and Faith-Based Clinical Counselor. She has completed advanced certifications in Functional Nutrition, Biblical Naturopathy and Biblical Eating and Clinical Nutrition.